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Dementia / Daughter of Horror (1955)

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Dementia / Daughter of Horror (1955)

Dementia is a black and white film from 1955. It is a silent film and there is not a single line of dialogue in the entire film, nor are there any storyboards to tell the viewer what is going on. The film was later re-released under the title Daughter of Horror and had the dubious benefit of an added narration. You can find out more about Dementia/Daughter of Horror at A Passion For Horror.

Run time 54 minutes 43 seconds
Audio/Visual sound


Reviewer: sammyk1964 - favoritefavorite - February 6, 2015
Subject: Where did the storyline come from? I know. Do you?
First, I'd like to begin by asking where I can find the original release that doesn't have the overdubbed narration? I'm sorry, but I believe the narrator completely distracts from such a gem as Dementia.

Secondly, I don't know about you, but I love this soundtrack. It doesn't quite match up with what is happening part of the time, but it is still a very unique soundtrack.

Now, put on your thinking caps boy's and girls. It's time to play, "Name The Story That Inspired This Movie."

I don't know if anyone else caught it, but this is a re-imagining of the classic Edgar Allen Poe's "The Telltale Heart." I caught that right away. If, for some reason you didn't catch that, it's because, again, the narration disrupts your concentration. And because of that, I can only give Daughter Of Horror, which is the title of THIS version, a 2 1/2 star rating.
Reviewer: GapOkie - - February 19, 2013
Subject: Not To Be Confused With Dementia 13
Subject says it all.
Reviewer: chinaskee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2013
Subject: I liked it
and just as a side-note I noticed from the first shot that this movie was filmed in and around the Windward Avenue area of Venice Beach, California, the same location Orson Welles used for the opening sequence of "Touch of Evil. "
Reviewer: cloudeagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2013
Subject: This rules
I thought it brilliant, and although the soundtrack could be a bit nerve jangling the first jazz number in the club was way good.
I am someone who likes some noise be it music etc when watching a film, hate silent movies.
Which ever you prefer the actual film worth a watch bigtime was impressed and not many films do I praise.
Reviewer: cosmico - - February 1, 2012
Subject: One Problem...
The video of this film is presented here in the wrong aspect ratio. This movie was not produced in widescreen 16:9, but in standard 4:3.

You can see DAUGHTER OF HORROR in its original and proper format and aspect ratio here:
Reviewer: iceman bob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2012
Subject: new soundtrack
This is a superb visual film that was totally ruined by the voiceover narration. In order to get it back to a visual/music only piece, I stripped the narration and added a soundtrack of my own making. If interested, you can see (and hear)the result here:
Reviewer: michaeljayklein - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2012
Subject: Daughter of Horror
I've read details about this film for years (the fact that a bit of this film is featured in the movie theater scene in "The Blob" [1959 I believe] only tantalized even more). I guess what impressed me immediately was the musical talent behind this (Ernest Gold, George Antheil, Marnie Nixon and Shorty Rogers). Gold of course went on to bigger productions, scoring such films as "Exodus" and his wife Marnie Nixon was probably the most famous movie vocalist never seen! Curiously, I just finished reading the latest book about Hedy Lamarr's radio controlled torpedo patent, developed during WWII, and the co-inventor of that was....George Antheil!

Adding to the curiosity is the fact that Ed MacMahon provided the narration. I read an interview with him some years ago in Cult Movies and while he could not remember exactly, that is probably him with the black stocking mask over his head in the graveyard sequence. I thought the narration could have been "toned down" a bit in this production; maybe the only flaw in what, for a low budget enterprise is a very arresting sort of film.

Bruno VeSota here reminds me of Charles Foster Kane! The only "name" actor I recognized was Angelo Rossito, the little person selling papers. He even wound up many years later in the one of the "Mad Max" sequels, looking pretty much the same.

I think William Thompson really was given a chance to show his creative skills as a cinematographer and many times, the imagery here was startling and inventive. Ed Wood used him of course, but there apparently was not enough time for things like close-ups and overhead shots as featured in this film. As a near silent film, they chose just the right person to put behind the camera, as Thompson's best work was during the silent era.

I was so very happy to be able to finally see this "curio" and thanks for making it available!

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